Guardianship of a Minor
Lawyers Help Petition for Guardianship of a Minor: Massachusetts
Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Petition for Guardianship of a Minor. Massachusetts Residents in Springfield & Worcester Rely on Murphy & Rudolf, LLP
In the United States, parents have a right to care for their children unless they are determined to be unfit. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, our Worcester family law attorneys have extensive experience dealing with divorce issues. We can provide diligent representation and legal advice for cases regarding guardianship of a minor.
Do you need to petition for guardianship of a minor? Massachusetts resident should call today 508-762-1397 for a free consultation.
- They are abusing drugs or alcohol
They live in unclean or hazardous conditions
They suffer from significant medical issues
They are unable to care for their children due to incarceration or military service
Abuse of the guardianship process can sometimes cause more harm than good, and our Worcester divorce lawyers can take your specific circumstance into account and determine the best course of action to seek a positive solution.
Guardianship Laws in Massachusetts
When a government agency like the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families seeks to terminate a parent’s constitutional right to raise their children, it will appoint a lawyer to that parent. Right now in Massachusetts, the same right is not always afforded to a parent when it is a non-government agency seeking to terminate parental rights, even though the outcome can be just as damaging to the parent-child relationship. If you are at risk to having your children taken away, our Worcester family law attorneys can help protect your rights and defend against charges of unfitness in court.
If a guardianship order is entered after a final hearing or after all interested parties have agreed to a guardianship, a permanent decree of guardianship will be issued by the court. Even though it is called a permanent decree, by law, guardianships are meant to last only as long as the parent remains unfit. Once the parent is fit again, he or she can petition to regain custody of the child.
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